South india's scotland-- madikeri (coorg)

Photo of South india's scotland-- madikeri (coorg) by Shiva Kumar Bashetti

Kodagu also was known as Coorg, is an administrative district in Karnataka, India. It occupies an area of 4,102 square kilometers (1,584sq mi) in the Western Ghats of southwestern Karnataka. In 2001 its population was 548,561, 13.74% of which resided in the district's urban centers, making it the least populous of the 30 districts in Karnataka. The district is bordered by Dakshina Kannada district to the northwest, Hassan district to the north, Mysore district to the east, Kannur district of Kerala to the southwest, and the Wayanad district of Kerala to the south. Agriculture is the most important factor that upholds the economy of Kodagu and the main crops cultivated in this region are rice and coffee. Coorg is rich in natural resources which included timber and spices. Madikeri (English: Mercara) is the headquarters of Kodagu.

Photo of Coorg, Karnataka, India by Shiva Kumar Bashetti

The Brahmagiri peak stands tall overlooking Kodagu in Karnataka on one side and Wayanad in Kerala on the other. A trek through the tropical forests is what is in store for you if you climb to its summit. Rich in flora and fauna, you might come across some exotic birds and butterflies. A chance encounter with some of the animals is also a possibility. Views of some of the best that nature has to offer are in the offing as you make your way up.Steeped in history and mystery, Brahmagiri peak has stories galore that you can share with friends on that pit stop where you pause to catch your breath. According to legends, the mountain derives its name from a temple that lies on the Kerala side of the range. This temple is said to have been constructed by Lord Brahma himself. Munikal cave is a mysterious ravine where ancient rishis are said to have meditated during ancient times. The caves are called ‘Pakshipathalam’ when you approach Brahmagiri from the Kerala side which literally means birds from the underworld of demons. The site is rich in bird diversity, and some rare species have been spotted over the years, which could be a possible explanation for its name.

Photo of South india's scotland-- madikeri (coorg) by Shiva Kumar Bashetti
Photo of South india's scotland-- madikeri (coorg) by Shiva Kumar Bashetti

Gomateshwara is the other name of Bahubali, the central deity enshrined in the temple of Shravanabelagola located in the Hassan district of Karnataka. The temple is situated at an altitude of about 3350m above sea level. The temple’s ideal location between the two rocky hills of Chandragiri and Vindhyagiri is a real feast to the eyes. Gomateshwara is one of the most famous pilgrim destinations of Jainism and is very important one in the History of Jainism in India.

Apart from the lores and legends, a trek up the Brahmagiri is an enchanting experience, one that you can enjoy solo or with friends. A dip in the cascades, huddling by the same to have a packed lunch, relaxing while stretching your legs and looking out into oblivion from the summit are all moments to cherish. As you walk down and wind up the trek, the mountains are sure to bid a silent goodbye while you murmur in your heart that you will be back soon.

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